The Mark of the King

Bethany House. Jan. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780764219061. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781441231079. CF
When her patient dies after giving birth, midwife Julianne Chevalier chooses deportation to the 1720s French colony of Louisiana over a lifetime of imprisonment. As an unmarried woman, she is forbidden to travel alone, and thus embarks on a marriage of convenience with another convict, Marc-Paul Girard. Struggling to adjust to the rough-and-tumble life in the New World, she also tries to find her brother Benjamin in hopes of restoring order to her chaotic life. With this sweeping historical romance, Green turns from the Civil War era of her "Heroines Behind the Lines" books (Wedded to War; Spy of Richmond) to 18th-century Louisiana, penning a deftly crafted and gritty portrait of the French colony.
VERDICT Readers will be swept away by the themes of faith and redemption woven throughout the narrative as well as the alluring protagonists and setting. Fans of Beth White's "Gulf Coast Chronicles," Lynn Austin, and Susan Meissner will enjoy.
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